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This page contains current job listings for academic positions in the fields of contemplative science or contemplative studies. We hope this will serve as a valuable resource for our community. Open positions within the Mind & Life Institute can be found here.

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Housemate for Therapeutic Household

Windhorse Integrative Mental Health
Northampton, MA

Windhorse Integrative Mental Health is seeking housemates.A housemate lives with a person experiencing significant emotional distress (e.g., depression, schizophrenia, trauma, etc.) who needs a high level of support and interaction in their recovery process. Windhorse uses a mindfulness-based philosophy in working with these individuals. Each household is fully supported by a clinical team. This is an excellent opportunity for a well-grounded person interested in supporting those seeking recovery and well-being. It is an opportunity for self-growth and work within the human services. Specific experience in this field is not required. Being engaged in a personal contemplative discipline (e.g., meditation, yoga, etc.) would be supportive to this job.

Benefits include a monthly stipend of $675, rent and utilities are paid for, a $300/month food allowance, the freedom to work up to 25 hours per week at another job, ongoing individual and group training and supervision. We ask a minimum of a six month commitment. Read more about the job on our website at:

Interested? Send a cover letter to and/or call Cynthia Johnson at 413-586-0207 X118 by August 1, 2014.

Contact person:
Cynthia Johnson


Functional MRI (fMRI) Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

Applications are invited for a 2-year post-doc position investigating the neural effects of attention, working memory, and mindfulness training in the Laboratory of Amishi Jha at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida. The successful applicant will have an opportunity to play an important role in a novel research line at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience (attention and working memory) and cognitive training (e.g., mindfulness training) in adults.

Competitive applicants should have fMRI expertise, with a publication track record using MRI-based imaging methods. This position requires technical sophistication and a desire to engage in research as well as play a key role in training others (graduate students and undergraduates) in neuroimaging methods, as part of the launch of a new neuroimaging community in the Dept of Psychology’s new 3T Functional MRI suite.  Experience with a variety of protocols (i.e., ASL, BOLD, DTI) and expertise with analysis methods is necessary for this position. Essential skills also include fantastic organizational and computational abilities, as well as the ability to work well in a research team.

Please submit applications by July 1, 2014 with a planned start date of September 1, 2014. Send materials (via e-mail) including cover letter, CV, the names and addresses of three referees, in one PDF file, to the Principal Investigator, Dr. Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D ( with subject Line: FMRI Post-doc Position

Contact person:
Amishi Jha


Senior Outreach Specialist

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

The Senior Outreach Specialist will provide oversight to develop, establish, administer and implement all aspects of mindfulness meditation-based outreach programs to schools/organizations within the context of research. This position will act as a liaison between the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) work unit and school systems (i.e. Head Start, Madison Metropolitan School District and other districts or organizations) as part of translational research studies. This person will have the responsibility of developing, teaching, and training/supervising others to teach a mindfulness meditation curriculum to teachers and students. This person will also coordinate with CIHM researchers and staff. Internal (within CIHM) and external (with community members and organizations) communication is a primary responsibility of this position. At least 10 years of previous experience in the field of education, preferably in a pre-K to 12th grade program and experience with mindfulness-based or vipassana meditation and the ability to teach these practices to adults and children.

Contact person:
David Findley


Research Specialist

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

The role of the research specialist will be on projects to evaluate the impact of secular mindfulness training in educational settings. The primary project involves teachers and elementary school students in the Madison public schools.

The Research Specialist will assist with all aspects of research implementation and must be able to work collaboratively with other team members.

  • 30% Perform data collection and problem solve around any issues to ensure quality of data collection. Perform testing and oversee testing according to research protocol and assist with participant recruitment.
  • 25% Manage and coordinate team of undergraduate student assistants to schedule and conduct testing with research participants across multiple time points. Hire, train and supervise student hourly personnel.
  • 20% Use statistical software (SPSS or SAS) to analyze data. Oversee data entry and database management.
  • 10% Track research participants in database to coordinate follow-up testing. Administer teacher questionnaires and conduct necessary interviews with parents.
  • 10% Manage IRB protocols. Revise/modify existing protocols, maintain approval status and submit updates for active protocols. Develop new protocols as needed.
  • 5% Ensure that testing equipment is running properly and supplies for testing and intervention curricula are stocked and ready for use. Testing involves administration of questionnaires to students in classrooms and individual sessions with teachers and students involving computer and behavioral tasks and interviews.

Contact person:
David Findley


Outreach Specialist

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

The Outreach Specialist provides professional support to area-wide and/or program-based outreach through translational research. This person will be a liaison between CIHM and school systems, particularly the Madison Metropolitan School District, though additional school districts may be involved. This position will have the responsibility of being involved in the development, management, and implementation of a plan of work tailored to serve user groups (e.g., mindfulness-based curricula to school-aged populations and their teachers, primarily within public school settings). This position will synthesize feedback from user groups and teaching assistants/beginner mindfulness teacher/students regarding implemented curriculum; generate solutions to identified potential problems and carry out changes to the curriculum. It is expected that this person will mentor teachers and staff, meet with research staff on a regular basis, respond to outreach requests in multiple forms (e.g., may work with adult groups on new techniques and practices through emails, meetings, workshops, conferences, input to publications and other means) and provide general information on public issues (e.g., teaching of contemplative practices within public education settings).

Contact person:
David Findley


Trainee in Contemplative Sciences

Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

This opportunity will provide training in contemplative science research in the context of a unique long-term (20-year) follow-up contemplative education study of 3rd through 5th grade children exposed to mindfulness-based skills compared to their peers. The study has been funded by the 1440 Foundation and is a partnership with Jon Kabat-Zinn. The mixed methods, multi-site study is half complete, with promising initial results.  Within the context of this ongoing study, the trainee will receive hands-on training in subject recruitment, data organization, interrogation and interpretation, and reporting/dissemination of results under the supervision of David R. Vago, PhD, a faculty Investigator in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory (FNL), Department of Psychiatry, Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

The trainee will also gain exposure to all aspects of contemplative science research headed by Dr. Vago, who investigates the neurocognitive processes, systems-based brain networks, and biological trait markers supporting mindfulness-based practices and other wisdom-based traditions of contemplative practice including forms of meditation and yoga-based practice in expert and novice practitioners and in clinical contexts. The trainee will also gain some exposure to additional ongoing research in the FNL, and will be encouraged to take advantage of the many conferences and educational opportunities available in the Longwood Medical Area/Harvard Medical School.

The FNL has multiple research initiatives in the contemplative neurosciences with an emphasis on clarifying adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in psychiatric disorders.  The overall aim of the FNL, under the direction of Dr. Emily Stern and Dr. David Silbersweig, is to develop and apply new methods of imaging for the detection, localization, and characterization of final common pathways of major psychiatric disease expression, as a foundation for clinical advances. Functional and structural neuroimaging studies address schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, mood, personality, cognitive changes associated with chemotherapy, sex differences in brain function in health and disease, normal cognitive and emotional function, and methodological development.

A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field is required. Background in contemplative practice is preferred, but not required. 20-40 hrs/week commitment is expected.  Expected duration for training is 1 year.

To apply please send cover letter and CV to: David Vago,  (617) 732-9113

Contact person:
David Vago


Human Development and Family Studies Professor & Endowed Chair

Human Development and Family Studies
University of Wisconsin Madison
Madison, WI

Degree and area of specialization: 
Candidates must have a PhD (or MD) in Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Social Work, Psychiatry, or a related discipline.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Evidence of excellence in a program of scholarly research, a record of external funding, and a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship are required. The primary focus of the position is scholarship centered on the promotion of positive child and family outcomes through application of secular contemplative practices. Seek applicants who combine the conduct of rigorous research with an interest and experience in the application of knowledge to address significant challenges facing families and society.

Principal duties:
The position in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the School of Human Ecology (SoHE) involves continuing a strong research program, competing for extramural funding, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, teaching and mentoring undergraduate, MS and PhD students, and service in faculty governance roles. The focus is on investigating and applying secular contemplative practices such as meditation and mindfulness (e.g., to improve the self-regulation of attentional processes and behavior and increase empathy, compassion, and prosocial behaviors) to further child and family well-being. This will occur in collaboration with SoHE faculty and interdisciplinary scholars from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, other departments on campus, and UW-Cooperative Extension Family Living Programs.

We are seeking an eminent scholar who can assist the UW-Madison in building one of the most exciting initiatives in the scientific field focusing on mind, body and family well-being through collaborations among the School of Human Ecology, the School of Medicine and Public Health, the Waisman Center/Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, and the Global Health Institute.

Prefer applicants to have experience in:
- working across disciplines with diverse families in different contexts.
- working with diverse individuals, organizations and communities as defined by cultural, racial, or ethnic background; economic situation; family structure; geographic location; presence of special needs; religious affiliation; or stage of life.
- successfully seeking external funds and resources to support educational programs.
- program leadership, management, and coaching roles.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

Employee Class: Faculty
Full Time Salary Rate:  Minimum $80,000 ACADEMIC (9 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:   N/A
Appointment percent:    100%
Anticipated begin date: AUGUST 25, 2014

Send to Professor Julie Poehlmann as email attachments ( the following: a cover letter describing your qualifications, program of research, and teaching interests; curriculum vita; representative publications; and at least three letters of reference. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

Contact Person:

Julie Poehlmann
Phone: 608-262-1773
1300 Linden Dr
Human Ecology Building
Madison, WI 53706-1524

Website with more information:


Postdoctoral Fellow in Developmental Neuroscience or Clinical Neuroscience

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) conducts rigorous interdisciplinary research on healthy qualities of mind such as attention, resilience, kindness, compassion and mindfulness. Scientists at CIHM represent an integrated team with a broad array of research methodologies from behavioral to neuro-scientific. The CIHM engages in basic (40%) and translational (40%) research in addition to providing outreach (20%) with the goal of cultivating healthy qualities of mind at the individual, community and global levels. The CIHM staff and scientists are dedicated to creating a world in which healthy qualities of mind are investigated and valued. The team’s guiding principles include living with integrity and practicing our values in everything we do.

The successful candidate will play a key role in ongoing neuroimaging research on ASD and its treatment using various behavioral strategies. A PhD in Neuroscience, Developmental, or Clinical Psychology is required, as well as experience in neuroimaging research with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Expected position duration is two years with potential for renewal based on funding and performance. UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


  • Demonstrated experience in neuroimaging and in research with participants with ASD.
  • Experience with multi-modal imaging including functional, resting state, DTI and structural is helpful.
  • Demonstrated experience in scientific communication including speaking and publishing.
  • Statistical acumen in analyzing neuroimaging data.
  • Excellent organizational, project management, interpersonal, writing and communication skills.
  • Experience imaging individuals with ASD in a research and/or clinical setting
  • Adaptable; self-motivated; and possess a passion for CIHM mission/core values.

Preferred:  Some prior post-doctoral experience.

To apply please send cover letter and CV to:
Brittany Thomson
(608) 890-0143


Postdoctoral Fellow in Integrative Oncology

Division of Psychosocial Oncology Lab
Department of Oncology
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Contact person:
Linda E. Carlson

Through the “Eye’s High” Postdoctoral program at U of C, we are looking for a postdoctoral fellow in the area of Integrative Oncology, working with Dr. Linda E. Carlson, Professor and holder of the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology. Integrative Oncology is an evidence-based oncology sub-specialty which promotes a system of integrative, collaborative, patient-centered care which uses complementary therapies (CTs) from the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in concert with medical treatment to enhance treatment efficacy, improve symptom control, alleviate patient distress, and reduce suffering. The postdoctoral fellow would be primarily be evaluating Integrative Oncology interventions such as mind-body interventions (meditation, yoga) energy therapies (acupuncture, Reiki) as well as natural health products (foods, food derivatives, vitamins, herbs), and education programs for patients and staff.

Requirements are a completed PhD in clinical or health psychology, nursing, social work, medical science or allied professions not more than two years previously, interest and preferably experience in psychosocial oncology or integrative medicine, and a solid publication record. Salary is $50,000/year CAD for a one year period, beginning Sept 2014.

For more information, please contact Dr. Linda Carlson:, or see the Tom Baker Cancer Centre website.